Last Weekend of Riding in Dallas

With this past weekend being my last weekend in Dallas I wanted to get a good ride in on Saturday. One of the first rides I did here was a complete loop of White Rock Lake, plus the trail north, with one of my readers Cliff. I wanted to do the same ride again to basically close out my riding time here in Dallas. Saturday morning broke very nice with sun and no clouds. I took off from the house at about 9:00 AM and made my way down to where I access the lake or trail. Instead of heading straight to the lake I hit the northbound trail first to really mix things up. It was awesome! I hadn’t ridden this section of the trail (past the tennis courts) in a long time and on an early Saturday morning it was great. There was some water puddles and mud due to train the previous night that got both me and the bike pretty grimy but it was still good. I made it up to the turn-around point, took a short water break and watched some kids play soccer, then took off again. [pullquote]By the time I hit the lake the wind was gusting to 30 mph.[/pullquote] As I headed back towards the lake I could feel the wind starting to build. And build it did. There was a reason the lake was covered with sail boats. I just dealt with it and kept on turning the pedals and enjoying the ride. All said and done I rode 30.28 miles on Saturday morning in 2 hours and 19 minutes....

DailyMile Virtual Training Group

Over the last few weeks (and continuing into next week) I’m adding base miles so that I can get time in the saddle and get accustomed to riding long again. Upon my return to Florida, and after settling in, I plan on starting to train for a century again using the same 10-week plan I used last year. I probably wouldn’t need to go through this plan again except I spent so long without a bike over the winter that I think I need to. Plus I saw great improvements in my endurance and weight while I was doing it last summer so why not do it again? This time around though I’d like to try and do this virtually with other participants. Don’t get me wrong, being able to ride with a partner or group is awesome but not many of us have partners/groups that could make time available to ride with someone either just starting out to ride or doing some specific training – like training for your first century. For instance, if the century training plan calls for 4×8 intervals on Tuesday, what are the chances of you finding someone locally who is doing the same thing? Probably not very good. That’s the way it was with me last year and why I ended up doing all my training alone. It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Why Not? You’ve heard me mention in my last few posts that I’m now using DailyMile to track my rides. It’s a free training log like many others where it lets you define routes, enter workouts, and write...

I Forgot My Anniversary…Again

This Monday London Cyclist posted a list of the Top 50 Cycling Blogs for 2010. I was totally shocked to see Biking To Live on that list. I’m very honored to have my blog included because there are some heavy-hitters on there – BikeSnobNYC, Fat Cyclist, Bike 198, Cycling Tips, and many others. To even be mentioned around those other blogs is awesome. Two Year Anniversary The timing is kinda cool too. Because I’ve been wrapped up with many other things (working on finding employment back in Florida), getting my mom moved to Arkansas, and various other things, I totally missed the Biking To Live two-year anniversary back on April 10 (the important anniversary I remember is my wedding date but I’ve forgotten that one too….once…long story). Can’t believe it’s been two years. More remarkable is that I can’t believe folks are still reading this blog after two years! And that’s where I’m kinda leading this post. My readers. I appreciate you so much because if you weren’t here actively supporting me by leaving comments, helping others, or offering advice I’m not sure I’d still be blogging today. [pullquote]I certainly wouldn’t be on the list above without you.[/pullquote] I created this blog to help me but I’ve attempted to grow it so that it can help others as well. Especially those that are weight-challenged, like me, or those who are just starting out in this great sport of cycling. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from one of my readers who was looking to start riding. We talked about bicycles and stuff but it was a...

82 Miles On The Bike This Week

Boy it felt great to get off my big butt and start riding again this week. I started last Tuesday just by riding from the house I’m staying at down to White Rock Lake and back. Total round trip is about 16.5 miles and I have several options to easily lengthen that distance. Since I’m only going to be in Dallas for two more weeks I’ll continue this route and probably lengthen it to 20 miles so I can build up some more base miles before starting in on my training plan. A Windy, Wet Ride Today Today’s ride was interesting in that even though the weather stunk (wind, rain, chili, mist, road grime, etc.) I decided that I needed the miles and that I wasn’t going to get skinnier by sitting at home. Sure, I could have ridden the trainer but the weather wasn’t that bad. A long sleeve jersey instead of short and I was good to go. I thought about wearing a rain jacket but decided against it. I took my normal route down to the lake and got sprinkled on a few times but nothing serious. It had rained pretty good overnight so the roads were wet and grimy. I could see the dirt/grime building up on the bike but didn’t worry about it too much. Nothing a quick cleaning won’t fix when I return home. Down at the lake there weren’t many people. That’s to say that there weren’t many dedicated people like myself. Or stupid people like me. Take your pick. I did see 2 or 3 other cyclists and quite a few...

I’m Going Home

Well, after spending 15 months working in Dallas, Tx while my family was in Florida, I can now officially say that I’m going home. This has been in the works for about three months but it wasn’t until today that I received an offer for employment that’s going to take me back to Florida and my family. I’d like to thank all my readers who have lent their support and words of encouragement over these past 15 months. It meant a lot. I’ll miss the cycling here in Dallas because I really enjoyed my time riding around White Rock Lake. It’s a jewel in this city and I don’t think enough people realize that. One thing I won’t miss is the hills. I know they’re an important part of cycling, and they helped in my training last year, but I can’t say that I’ll miss them that much. I’ll have to really turn up my flatland workouts in Florida in order to get even a portion of the training benefits that the hills provided me here. I’ll deal with it though. Over the next two weeks I’ll continue to ride here in Dallas. I’m sure I’ll miss a few days in the saddle before I leave and upon my return to Florida but the training will continue in my old stomping grounds. In fact, look for a post from me next week where we’ll discuss the idea of a virtual cycling group to train for a century ride. Again, thanks for everything. Cliff, we’ll need to make plans to get your trainer back to you at some point before...

Deeds (Rides), Not Words (Excuses)

Besides the wind the weather here in Dallas has improved dramatically over the past few weeks. It’s getting darker later each night and that makes for great riding in the evenings after work. I should have started my evening riding about three weeks ago but only got out there the first time last night. Got a Good Ride in Last Night I was actually supposed to pick up a bike rack last night but when that fell through I wound up with time to ride. The wind was blowing but I decided to go anyway. I’m glad I did because I had a great ride. Here’s a link to the route/numbers for the ride over on DailyMile (which I love by the way). 16 miles at 13.2 avg speed. Not bad for my first evening ride of the season. The wind was an issue on part of the route but I just dealt with it. The ride up The Three Sister (three hills on the way home) actually went OK but I have a long, long way to go until I’m riding up them with any kind of form/speed. Those three hills are killing my overall average speed. My body felt good during the ride and I actually worked up a good sweat. I had some issues with my right leg (discomfort on the right inner thigh, a little knee discomfort, and a hot spot on the right foot). Left side was perfect so this left me a little baffled. When I got home I gave everything a once over and noticed my saddle was pointing to the right....
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